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3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Hyundai Tucson

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Expert's Rating

4.4Excellent

MPG 20 City / 28 Highway
Pros
  • Well-designed exterior
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Refined interior
  • Spacious front seats
Cons
  • Limited cargo space
  • Could use more power
, Automotive Editor -
The Hyundai Tucson is a small SUV with plenty of standard features, a stylish exterior, and a very affordable price tag.

Introduction

The five-seat Hyundai Tucson comes in three trims -- GL, GLS, and Limited -- and offers two engines. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder is standard in the base model, while a 2.4-liter four-cylinder powers the GLS and Limited. The GLS and Limited meet California's stringent standards for partial zero emissions.

Two transmissions are available. The GL comes standard with a five-speed manual; a six-speed automatic is optional. The GLS and Limited, meanwhile, both feature a six-speed automatic. GLS and Limited buyers may also choose between front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive.

Standard in all trims are a 60/40 split folding rear seat, privacy glass, 12v outlet, auxiliary audio jack and iPod/USB connectivity, air conditioning, keyless entry, and power windows and door locks. Upgrading to the GLS gives buyers 17-inch alloy wheels, heated side mirrors and front seats, a tilting and telescoping steering wheel, roof rails, and automatic fog lights and headlights. If that isn't enough, the Limited adds 18-inch alloy wheels, leather seats, dual temperature controls, and a fully adjustable driver seat with bonus lumbar support.

Every Hyundai Tucson comes with anti-lock brakes, brake assist, stability and traction control, hill holder and descent control, and front and side airbags.

Since each Tucson comes with so many standard features, option packages barely exist. The only one is the Premium Package, and it's available only for Limited models. Features include a panoramic sunroof, upgraded 7-speaker stereo system with an external amplifier and subwoofer, touchscreen navigation, and a handy rearview camera.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Hyundai Tucson
Starting price
$14,995

2013 Hyundai Tucson GL

Recommended for:

The 2013 Hyundai Tucson base GL model houses a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine and comes paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. The 6-speed automatic transmission offered at the GLS and Limited trim levels is optional for the GL. Although the ride is a little stiff, the sport-tuned suspension adds some fun to the commute. The main challenge for the Tucson is its very limited backseat and cargo space, but that doesn't stop the 2013 model from holding its own in the crossover segment

Standard features include 17" steel wheels, privacy glass, 60/40 split folding rear seat, air conditioning, keyless entry, 12v outlet and auxiliary audio jack, iPod and USB connectivity, satellite radio, and power windows and locks.

Safety features are thoroughly covered, and include antilock disc brakes, brake assist, hill holder and descent control, stability and traction control, and front and side airbags.

With most of its best features coming standard by trim level, Hyundai opted not to go nuts with upgrade packages. Consequently they are almost nonexistent, and none are available for the GL. The one available package, the Premium package, can only be purchased with the Limited trim.

2013 Hyundai Tucson
Starting price
$14,995

2013 Hyundai Tucson GLS

Recommended for:

The GLS gets an upgraded 2.4L engine with 6-speed automatic transmission and 17" alloy wheels. New for the 2013 Tucson GLS are automatic headlights and heated front seats. Standard features include Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, privacy glass, 60/40 split folding rear seat, auxiliary audio jack, satellite radio, and power doors and windows. The GLS trim upgrade provides a roof rack, heated side mirrors, and a leather covered steering wheel with tilting and telescoping adjustment. Buyers can choose either All Wheel Drive or Front Wheel Drive at this trim level.

Safety features include side/curtain airbags, stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, hill holder and descent control, and brake assist.

No package upgrades are available for the GLS. Hyundai's lone package offering, the Premium package, can be obtained only at the Limited trim level.

2013 Hyundai Tucson
Starting price
$14,995

2013 Hyundai Tucson Limited

Recommended for:

The Limited trim offers a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, and the option for either All Wheel- or Front Wheel-drive. Standard features include 18" alloy wheels, Bluetooth, iPod connectivity, roof rails, heated side mirrors and heated leather seats, dual temperature control, and a fully adjustable driver seat with lumbar support. New for the 2013 model is a proximity-key entry system and push-button start.

Safety features include side/curtain airbags, stability control, traction control, hill holder and brake assist, descent control, and antilock disc brakes.

The Premium Package upgrade offers a panoramic sunroof, 7-speaker system with an external amplifier and subwoofer, touchscreen navigation, and a rearview camera.

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